Frog and Toad

Frog and Toad

Frog and Toad are the main characters in a series of children's books easy readers written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel.

Each book contains five simple, short stories chronicling the exploits of a frog and his friend, a toad, simply named Frog and Toad. Some of their adventures include attempting to fly a kite, cleaning Toad's messy house as opposed to waiting until "Tomorrow" to do so, and pondering the ethics of being "Alone".

The two protagonists do carry specific traits about their personalities and appearance. Frog is taller with a green shade and is more friendly and relaxed than Toad. Toad is short and stout with a brown shade to his exterior. Toad is also the more serious and irritable of the two.

The Frog and Toad books, in order of publication date, are:
*"Frog and Toad are Friends" (1970) (ISBN 0-06-444020-6)
Stories: "Spring," "The Story," "A Lost Button," "A Swim," and "The Letter"
*"Frog and Toad Together" (1972) (ISBN 0-06-444021-4)
Stories: "A List," "The Garden," "Cookies," "Dragons And Giants," and "The Dream"
*"Frog and Toad All Year" (1976) (ISBN 0-06-444059-1)
Stories: "Down The Hill," "The Corner," "Ice Cream," "The Surprise," and "Christmas Eve"
*"Days With Frog and Toad" (1979) (ISBN 0-06-444058-3)
Stories: "Tomorrow," "The Kite," "Shivers," "The Hat," and "Alone"

"Frog and Toad are Friends" was the recipient of a Caldecott Honor. "Frog and Toad Together" won a Newbery Honor award.

"Frog and Toad Together" and "Frog and Toad are Friends" were made into stop-motion films by John Clark Matthews in the mid-1980s.

The "Frog and Toad" books inspired a Broadway musical, "A Year with Frog and Toad". [http://www.frogandtoadonbroadway.com/]

"Frog and Toad" is also the name of a song written by drummer Dave King of the alt-jazz trio The Bad Plus.

External links

* [http://bccb.lis.uiuc.edu/0502gone.html Review of series] in the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
*imdb title|id=0407808|title=Frog and Toad Are Friends
*imdb title|id=0407809|title=Frog and Toad Together


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